23 October 2015

NBN switch-on for Warncoort approaching

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson joined Liberal candidate for Polwarth Richard Riordan at the site of the Warncoort NBN fixed wireless tower today, to celebrate the 50 metre tower’s imminent completion.

Ms Henderson said that fixed wireless facilities such as the tower at Warncoort would provide high speed broadband at greater value to the taxpayer.

“Using a combination of fixed line and fixed wireless, the Turnbull government’s NBN plan prioritises underserved communities to give them better broadband access sooner,” said Ms Henderson.

“For 261 premises in the Warncoort area, this means they can connect to fast broadband with download speeds of up to 50 megs in early-to-mid 2016 when this tower is expected to be commissioned.

“In contrast to Labor which excluded Colac and district from its NBN three year rollout, I am very proud to see this vital infrastructure being delivered to the Colac Otway region.”

“Labor tries to give the impression its plan was to deliver fibre to the premises to every home.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Any town of less than 1,000 residents would have only received fixed wireless with download speeds of 25 megs.”

Liberal candidate for Polwarth Richard Riordan said that the Colac Otway region would see much improved internet access through the NBN.

“Telecommunications is absolutely vital infrastructure for our region including families and businesses.  It’s also critical in times in times of emergency,” said Mr Riordan.

“Sarah’s advocacy has ensured that regional areas in her electorate are not missing out on the three-year rollout.

“The rollout of the NBN positions the Colac Otway region for the jobs of the future.”

The fixed-line component of the NBN rollout will begin in March 2016 in Colac, Colac East, Colac West, Elliminyt and Winchelsea (a total of 6,600 premises); and the second quarter of 2016 for Apollo Bay, Marengo and Lorne (4,100 premises).

Fixed wireless construction is also underway at Swan Marsh, Barongarook and Cororooke; and towers are at the advanced planning stage for Barwon Downs, Beeac, Beech Forest, Birregurra, Colac (outskirts), Cressy East, Deans Marsh, Forrest, Gellibrand and Warrion Hill (2,310 premises in total).

23 October 2015